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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Kruk, Jonathan HEROES on the HUDSON History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories of heroes from along the Hudson, the Catskills and New York, dramatically performed by a master storyteller, featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Selections include: Washington's Spectacles Save the New Nation, The Girl Who Out-rode Paul Revere, Stanton & Anthony Get the Vote, Pete Seeger's Clearwater Dream. Plus, the story of your local hero! Add a folk musician for authentic regional songs; Yankee Doodle, Tenting Tonight, This Land is Your Land and more. Interactive with children stepping into stories, turn and talks, and a Q&A.
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Patrick Garner's THOMAS EDISON: INVENTOR, LECTURER, & PRANKSTER History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
The greatest inventor of all time, live and in-person, at your school! One of America's most remarkable minds, Thomas Alva Edison (as portrayed by Broadway performer Patrick Garner), engages your students in this exciting, hands-on, motivational program. Some audience members will have the chance to help recreate some of his most famous experiments, and along the way, Edison shares several secrets that students can utilize in their day-to-day lives.
$501- $1000
Del Bianco, Lou Monsters I Have Known Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
A graceful balance of humor and heart- LA TIMES Through story and song, Lou introduces children to the silliest, most lovable monsters ever! No parent will ever have to worry about their kids getting too scared during this 45 minute show filled with life, laughs, and loads of audience participation.
$201- $350
Shimeta, Kathleen My Business is to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Emily Dickinson’s life comes alive in "My Business is to Sing!" as the poet delves into her home life, her relationships with her family, friends and love interests. Emily reveals her innermost passion for words, acknowledging that writing and poetry are her life. Dialogue melds into song and back to dialogue as Emily reflects on her life from age 9 to 24. Much has happened to mold her into the writer she is and will be. Developed and created by Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta, the dialogue is based on Ms. Dana’s book, "A Voice of Her Own." Song settings of Miss Dickinson’s poems include the works of composers Martin Hennessy, Aaron Copland, Drew Heminger, Michael Conley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Vincent Persichetti and William Roy. My Business is to Sing! is offered as a performance with Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta with Martin Hennessy, pianist. The program may also be presented with two additional professional actors from the area of the performance. These two actors would play multiple characters within the dialogue. Discussion with the presenters would determine the two person or four person show.
$501- $1000
Schembri, Pamela Teaching Personal Narratives Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Everyone has a special story to share. Many times the assignment comes as a chore for students. Pamela's personal narrative workshop makes the task fun. She moves students beyond the basics of plot, and gets them to enjoy the emotional impact stories create. Using a humorous yet touching story from her own past, Pamela has motivated teens (and adults!) from all walks of life to share their stories.
$351- $500
Samarripa, Consuelo Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Award winning Author with Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo offers multicultural poetry and storytelling.Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage through stories, tales, poetry, and folklore. Unique bilingual blends and noise makers, as well as her use of shawls, add interest to her storytelling style. She also conducts workshops and seminars for children, educators, and adults. Her varied life experiences allow her to relate to audiences through a different perspective-- as a native and a foreigner. The Cuentos Celebration and World Medley programs offer a bilingual blend of folktales and historical stories that may be customized for presenters and their audiences. The Cuentos Celebration consist of various Hispanic tales, folklore, poetry and historical stories. The World Medley program consist of multicultural folktales and folklore, and some Aesop fables. Stories exposing character traits such as loyalty, honesty and integrity are woven into the programs. The repertoire can span through various two hour storytelling concerts. Other programs are available for adult or children's workshops, special holiday events, keynotes, and festivals
$1001- $3000
Gertsacov, Adam Exploring With Henry Hudson History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
In this exhaustively researched show by actor, director, and performer Adam G. Gertsacov, Henry Hudson comes to life in a thrilling re-telling of his adventures on the high seas. Full information at http://www.henryhudson.info. The show imagines Hudson having just returned from his fateful third voyage and giving a presentation to “investors” (the audience) about his fourth voyage to continue his quest for the Northwest Passage to China. Through the course of the show, audience members will have the opportunity to “join” his crew, learn a sea shanty, learn how to navigate using state of the art sixteenth century instruments, and hear his thrilling tale of landing in the New World and visiting this strange new island named Manna-Hatta. At the end of the performance, audience members are encouraged to ask Henry any questions they like about his rich and varied life as a sea captain, explorer, navigator, and Elizabethan gentleman. Hudson lived during the age of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Galileo, El Greco, and Queen Elizabeth. This 40 minute educational performance is suitable for all ages, and is available for extensive touring during the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial (Summer 2009).
$501- $1000
Schotter, Roni You Too Can Be A Writer Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
I speak to children as fellow writers emphasizing the writing tips found in my book, NOTHING EVER HAPPENS ON 90TH STREET, but including others, i.e. THE BOY WHO LOVED WORDS, MAMA, I'LL GIVE YOU THE WORLD, ALL ABOUT GRANDMAS, and F IS FOR FREEDOM. I emphasize the pleasure I have in writing AND in re-writing. I show the entire process from my very rough drafts to galleys to the actual press sheet from the printing press. My aim is to communicate and make contagious the pleasure & power I get as a writer/detective, using my 5 senses to record the world.
$1001- $3000
TheatreworksUSA, - Animal Engine's PETUNIA AND CHICKEN History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Inspired by the works of Midwestern author Willa Cather, “Petunia and Chicken” is an epic story of love and loss as big as the prairie itself. Petunia, an indomitable immigrant girl determined to tame the wild land around her, meets Chicken, a right smart boy with dreams of great adventures. As the joys of their youth give way to the harsh realities of adulthood, they struggle to stay together. Sprawling fields of wheat, bustling train stations, rain-soaked kisses, wind-blown hair, and the rest of Petunia and Chicken's world are all created by two performers with just a hat, a scarf, and song.
$1001- $3000
Tranchina, Gabriele Songs about animals Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This program is for toddlers, preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. We will learn about animals through song. The songs will be presented in an interactive, fun and age appropriate way with poss. props like pictures and stuffed animals.
$201- $350
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